Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. He shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always zany music biz. I'm closing in on a half century of existence -- an existence immersed in the world of entertainmen ... More >>
Attorney General Tom Horne wants to take a legal battle against Planned Parenthood of Arizona all the way to the United States Supreme Court. The two are fighting over a law passed by the Arizona Legislature in 2012 that would force physicians to follow the original FDA approval guidelines for a med ... More >>
The fatality rate on Arizona's rural roads is among the highest in the nation.According to the Road Information Program (TRIP), Arizona's fatality rate for drivers on rural roads is the nation's seventh highest, and more than double the fatality rate on all other roads.
We're at that point of the year where some people won't stop complaining about the heat until October.Believe it or not, there are plenty of places where the summer season is much more miserable than it is in Phoenix. Check out 10 prime examples:
Over the course of Phoenix's rich musical history there are certain bands that have cemented themselves as ambassadors for their craft. Gog is a band comfortably in this category. The creative entity of Mike Bjella, Gog is a presence in music that eludes classification to an almost frustrating exten ... More >>
Robert Petzel, the Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, has resigned, according to a statement from the department.Petzel led the health component of the national VA system, which is being investigated for allegations of falsified wait times at the nation's VA hospitals, ... More >>
Record Store Day is tomorrow. So I shouldn't have been surprised when my editor said, "Hey, maybe you can write something about Record Store Day." Makes sense. I do write under the moniker Record Store Geek. It's just that my editor has only asked me for one specific column in the entire two yea ... More >>
Pending legislation notwithstanding, Arizonans are generally a pretty happy bunch.At least, according to Gallup-Healthways' "well-being index," Arizonans are better off than the average American.
Just to illustrate how miserable other parts of the country are right now, it feels about 110 degrees warmer in Phoenix than it does in Minneapolis, at the time of this post.It's around -12 degrees in Minneapolis, according to AccuWeather, but it feels like it's about -40 degrees. In Phoenix, it's a ... More >>
Senator Jeff Flake thinks the public should know how many people have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces created by Obamacare.Flake released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for reports on enrollment in the federal and state-run exchanges.
My mom warned me about rock 'n' roll. She said it was a bad influence and a crazy lifestyle. Overflowing with sex, drugs, partying, and lots of other things God didn't dig. She said stay away at all costs. So I made a career out of it. No, really. Not only did I not heed my caring mother's warnin ... More >>
Real estate lawyer Daniel Kloberdanz isn't a criminal defense expert, but figured he could help an employee who'd called him as she was being investigated for a DUI. Not long after arriving at the accident scene at Lone Mountain Road and 60th Street in Cave Creek last year, Kloberdanz claims, the l ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
Guess who's looking a lot older and more strung out than last time anyone saw him? Good ol' Jason Mraz. You'd think that someone who has "the remedy" would easily be able to keep himself from looking like an aging schlub of a musician. Au contraire, mon frère. Simply observe -- he looks something l ... More >>
www.motifake.comAt least the scenery's nice...According to a new survey, Tempe, the home of Arizona State University's largest campus, is the second-worst college town in America -- worse even than places like Waco, Texas, Ruston, Louisiana, and Poughkeepsie, New York.However, the survey was cond ... More >>
It's almost 2012, and if you're on board with all the Mayan-end-of-the-world business that slates next December as the end of days then this weekend will serve as your last chance to celebrate a new year. Instead of losing yourself in the abyss of an existential crisis, here are five fun ways to ... More >>
Neil Hamburger is not your typical comic, and DJ Horsepussy is not your typical DJ. Hamburger's "anti-comedy" style has certainly inspired an entire crop of alt-comedians, and while Phoenix has a few DJs with "fucking" offensive names, none go as far to remain anonymous as the lucha libre-mas ... More >>
Maya DukmasovaRebecca Nab Young and her family heirloomsYesterday, we shared the first part of our conversation with Rebecca Nab Young, author of There's Always Room for One More: Volga German Stories and Recipes. Today, our chat about the unique Volga German food and culture continues. How d ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer may think that she has "did what is right" for Arizona, but an independent analysis by the financial news Web site 24/7 Wall St. disagrees. The site has issued its "State of the States" rankings and Arizona has been ranked 48th on its list of well-run states.The rankin ... More >>
Lyle Lovett and a very small part of his Very Large Band.Lyle LovettCelebrity TheatreJuly 28, 2010"It's just like coming home for me, coming to Phoenix," uttered Texas-bred country music legend Lyle Lovett last night. And with such good timing.As much you or I love Arizona, currently it's in the ... More >>
Sac-Town punkers The SecretionsFirst Friday in Downtown Phoenix (Friday):Music editor Martin Cizmar has already filled you in about Shawn Anderson's killer show later tonight at tonight's edition of the monthly art walk, but that ain't the only gig going down. In addition to the rockers of the Mader ... More >>
www.dailydemotivators.comChances are we'll be seeing this in some of Russell Pearce's campaign literature at some point in the near future.Here's some new fuel we'll likely see added to the knuckle-dragging nativists' racist fire: Arizona is home to some of the fattest Hispanics in the country, a ... More >>
Jonny Lang dumps drugs and finds Jesus
Big & Rich deliver country music without prejudice
Eftenoff's murder sentence upheld
Proposed legislation by the U.S. Senate aims to deter the spreading radio empire. Good luck.
The Guns N' Roses tour collapses, and Axl folds. Is anyone really surprised?
The North Side Kings mix mob stereotypes with hard-core rock. Got a problem?
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Brian Eftenoff's going to prison. He shouldn't have called his dead wife a coke whore.
From the week of December 14, 2000
Activist passionate about his causes
The murder case against Brian Eftenoff crumbles under scrutiny. Part two of a New Times investigation
Cocaine. Domestic brawls. Group sex. Brian Eftenoff concedes his wasn't the perfect marriage. But was his wife Judi murdered? Did Brian kill her? And can prosecutors prove anything? Part One of a New Times Investigation
For the week of 06-15-2000
At least nobody's demanding Geritol or Depends
Complete History barely worth recalling, Picasso sparkles
San Diego's Rocket From the Crypt is ready to take over the world, and make you like it
S.O.S. (Save Our Speakers) Intelligence Dossier 396
ACTUALLY, WE'D SETTLE FOR WAYNE DELLINGER